This Month in Green Design: Modern Mason Jars, A Real Functioning Moat, & The Verticality of Vegetables

by K Emily Bond

This Month in Green Design: Modern Mason Jars, A Real Functioning Moat, & The Verticality of Vegetables

Over at EcoSalon this past month – where Shelter is where the heart is and the green is always greener – we obsessed over Pantone in theory (the app) vs. practice (the hotel); celebrated Valentine’s Day like practical gals and fixed up a broken heart; font-renewed and blissed out; voyeured our way into the homes of some of our favorite design bloggers and curators and prodded the real life ethics of one of America’s most up-and-coming box store...

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Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest

by Chris Gardner

Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest

created at: 12/09/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome Cambria Bold, the managing editor of our favorite green and sustainable design blog, Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest.

As they say, coziness is next to godliness. (Wait? Is that not what they say?) This time of year I like nothing better than a stout evergreen tree (complete with kitschy ornaments and twinkle lights), something toasty sweet baking in the oven, Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album, and a free Saturday to enjoy it all with my husband.   

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5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

by Jill W

5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

Whether you work in a corner office, cubicle or home office, having a green mindset saves the planet, your health and lots and lots of money. It is relatively easy to create a green, healthy work environment through carefully considered choices. With modern day technology at our fingertips, creating a green and healthy office environment is an easily achievable goal that all companies big and small should set for themselves.  Check out these 5 tips to help you make your office environment a little greener and healthier!  

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Earthbag Homes

by DIY Maven

Earthbag Homes
The first time I read about earthbag homes, I had to repeat the 'bag' part a few times. Bags? Seriously? Yup. Basically, they're stacked sandbags (which could be filled with a variety of materials) that are subsequently plastered over. One of their biggest proponents is Dr. Owen Geiger, who is the former director of Builders Without Boarders and founder of the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building. His contention is that earthbag...

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10 Ways to Go Green Through Design

by DIY Maven

10 Ways to Go Green Through Design

Communications design agency Thomas Matthews designs sustainably, which they define via their manifesto. Here it is in ‘rule’ form.

  1. Re-think
  2. Re-use
  3. Use friendly materials
  4. Save energy
  5. Share new ideas (through Curbly!)
  6. Design to last
  7. Stay local, buy ethical
  8. Support what you believe
  9. Inspire, have fun (on Curbly!)
  10. Save money

For further information regarding Thomas Matthews’ manifesto, visit their website.

Image from 'Do All The Good You Can' at Allposters.

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How to Easily Convert From Plastic Grocery Bags for $1.00.

by Chris Gardner

You've been meaning to gather enough re-usable grocery sacks to do away with plastic bags all together, but you just can't find the time to sew them all, and can't bring yourself to pay $8-9 for commercial products.

A better answer: purchase some cheap tote bags from the craft store. Those living in the Midwest, Southeast, Oklahoma, and Texas should note that Garden Ridge sells large tote bags in, like, 15 different colors for only $1. These beat...

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The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

by Chris Gardner

Here's a collection of online articles and reviews that detail all the environmental, aesthetic, and DIYable benefits of opting to replace your carpet or linoleum with bamboo flooring.

The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo Flooring (From A Much Better Way)

Bamboo Flooring (From BuildingGreen.com)

Bamboo Flooring: The Environmentally Friendly Alternative (From Flooring2Roof) 

Bamboo Flooring: Is it really Treehugger Green? (From Treehugger) 

  

Any more good info? 

 

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Compost On A Small Scale.

by Chris Gardner

I long for the days where I'll have enough space to properly compost my food waste. But, until then, I can find certainly find room

Compost On A Small Scale.
for the Green Cone.

Solarcone's Green Cone is an enclosed system - a "four-part injected molded unit" -that helps release the nutrients from organic products back into the groundsoil. "The Green Cone reduces food waste to its natural components of water, carbon dioxide and a small residue. The solar-heated garden unit...

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